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Masked gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms shot dead seven members of a government-backed militia on Friday in a northern town, in an apparent attempt to provoke unrest against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. No group claimed responsibility, but Sunni insurgents have increased their attacks over the past two months, a year after U.S. troops pulled out of the country, where Shi'ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish factions still struggle over how to share power.
A major winter storm headed northeast into the U.S. Great Lakes on Friday and threatened New England after blanketing states from Minnesota to Ohio with blinding snow, sleet and freezing rain. The storm dumped more than a foot of snow in Kansas on Thursday, forcing airports to cancel hundreds of flights and stranding motorists on highways.
The Afghan government has demanded that US Special Forcesleave a strategic province that lies just to the west of Kabul, claiming in a written statement that American soldiers operating in the region have been “torturing and even murdering innocent people.” The US-led coalition denies the claims.
An Egyptian court ordered authorities Tuesday to destroy tunnels between the country and Gaza -- the latest sign of a crackdown on underground smuggling networks. It's unclear what Egyptian authorities will do to comply with the court's decision, but it appears to fall in line with a recent push to put a stop to the tunnels.
Las Vegas triple murder suspect Ammar Harris has a smirk on his face in a 90-second YouTube video that shows him flashing a thick stack of $100 bills. The video is just one of many online displays of bravado being examined by police in which Harris boasts of a high-rolling lifestyle of luxury cars, prostitutes and boat trips with scantily clad women. The 26-year-old is the subject of a multi-state manhunt after a Maserati driver was shot dead on the Las Vegas Strip last Thursday and a taxi driver and passenger died in the fiery chain reaction crash that followed.
Benedict XVI's time as pope came to a historic end Thursday, as he became the first pontiff in six centuries to resign as leader of the world's Roman Catholics, who now number 1.2 billion.
Michelle Obama Introduces – “Let’s Move” – To Get Kids To Exercise - First lady Michelle Obama greets educators and state and community officials at a "Let's Move!" program at the Eastside and Northside Elementary Schools in Chicago. Mrs. Obama said too many penny-pinched schools have either cut spending on physical education or eliminated it outright to put the money toward classroom instruction. But the first lady who starts most days with a workout — and other advocates of helping today's largely sedentary kids move their bodies — say that's a false choice, since studies that show exercise helps youngsters focus and do well in school.
U.S. health regulators approved a new drug made by Swiss drugmakerRoche Holding AG for some patients with late-stage metastatic breast cancer who fail to respond to other therapies.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it had approved Kadcyla, also known as ado-trastuzumab emtansine, for patients whose cancer cells contain increased amounts of a protein known as HER2.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged $100 million to help the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others to fight polio around the world. The Seattle-based Gates Foundation said Bloomberg was set to announce the donation to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative on Thursday. That organization has a six-year plan to eliminate polio. Polio is a vaccine-preventable disease that has been eradicated in most countries, but it still causes paralysis or death in some parts of the world, including Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. India was declared polio free in early 2012.
Girls Gone Wild -- the brand founded by Joe Francis in 1997 -- files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.The filing was made in an effort to keep Steve Wynn's Las Vegas resort from securing the company's assets to satisfy a $10.3 million lawsuit. The legal dispute stems from a disputed $2 million gambling debt Francis incurred during a February 2007 trip to Wynn's resort, according to court documents.
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason gets fired. "I've decided that I'd like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding -- I was fired today," Mason wrote in a memo he posted to Jottit.com, which promptly crashed. "If you're wondering why... you haven't been paying attention."
The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the whistle-blower lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong that was originally filed by a former teammate. The civil lawsuit alleges that Armstrong and former team managers submitted false claims for government funds to the sponsoring Postal Service by their "regularly employing banned substances and method to enhance their performance" in violation of the sponsorship agreement, the federal announcement said.
Two fans struck by debris at a NASCAR race on Saturday have retained legal representation. The Daytona 500 ran as scheduled Sunday despite a jaw-dropping crash a day earlier that flung debris into the stands at the Daytona International Speedway.According to CNN at least 28 fans were injured when more than a dozen cars piled up in the final curve of the Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday. Some of the debris went over a 22-foot-high fence that was built in 2010, and some of it went through holes as the fence shredded when a car slammed into it and bounced back onto the track.
Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for the apparent use of a racial slur during an interview last weekend with a reporter at Daytona International Speedway.
Billboard changes the way it adds up its most prodigious weekly music list – the top100 (hit music). It now factors YouTube views to its formula for determining hits. Radio has had a major role in the Hot 100 since its inception in 1958. But in the last decade, digital music in all its forms has taken a greater role. Digital retailers were added to the chart in 2005 and have had an outsize effect since then; Spotify and other on-demand streaming were added in 2012.
Google unveiled a groundbreaking new Chromebooklaptop — one with touchscreen capability, powerful chipset and an extremely high-resolution display. The Chromebook Pixel, available for order on the Google Play store and shipping in April, features a 12.85-inch touch-sensitive Gorilla Glass screen. The resolution is 4.3 million pixels, which works out to 239 pixels per inch. (The average Windows laptop has about half that; technically, it also beats the Macbook Retina.
The entertainment's industry new piracy warnings to computer users started flowing this week as the industry and internet service providers finally launched their long-promised The Copyright Alert System is launched. Originally set to begin by the end of 2012, the alert system is an effort by the movie, TV and recording industries and major cable providers to move much more swiftly to issue warnings whenever copyright owners discover that an account is being used to access or download pirated content. The system was created by the Center for Copyright Information, which includes the six major studios, record labels such as Warner and EMI and internet giants such as Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and Cablevision. Along with the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Independent Film and Television Alliance are also involved.
After enjoying a rare successful fall, NBC fell from first to fifth place behind Univision during February sweeps. NBC had already been struggling during midseason, but fell even further during February sweeps, with the network projected to finish fifth in the 18-to-49 demographic — a big drop from placing first during November sweeps. The network has been averaging a 1.2 rating in the demo, below Univision's 1.5 rating. In comparison, ABC is averaging 1.7, Fox a 2.0 and CBS a 4.9, thanks, in part, to the Super Bowl and Grammys.
NBC is launching a celebrity game show with Jane Lynch as host. The network said that it ordered eight episodes of "Hollywood Game Night" from producer-actor Sean Hayes.The network says the former "Will & Grace" actor is basing the show on his own "game nights." NBC says the new series will mix celebrities with regular folks who have the chance to compete for money.
Barbara Walters said on Tuesday she will return to the daytime TV talk show "The View" next week after more than a monthlong absence due to illness. The broadcast journalist, who has been recovering from chicken pox and a concussion, made the announcement in a call-in to a taping of the show.
Lindsay Lohan will play herself in an April episode of Sheen's FX sitcom "Anger Management." She will be treated by Charlie Sheen's character, a therapist, and the two develop a romantic relationship. Sheen and Lohan also recently worked together in the upcoming "Scary Movie 5," also set to debut in April.
Pete Holmes, voice of the beloved E*Trade baby and host of the "You Made It Weird" podcast, is coming to TBS with a late-night comedy show, the network said Tuesday.The as-yet-untitled series, which has received a four-week order, will premiere in the fall and will air at midnight following "Conan" Monday through Thursday.
Sunday's Oscar ceremony scored the biggest TV audience in three years, and edgy new host Seth MacFarlane helped boost interest from young men, despite getting a mauling from TV critics. Nielsen ratings data on Monday showed that 40.3 million Americans watched the Academy Awards ceremony on ABC television, up three percent from 2012. ABC said it was the largest Oscar audience in three years.
Ben Stiller has signed on to return for the upcoming season of "Arrested Development" for an episode. He’ll will reprise his role as magician Tony Wonder, a character he portrayed on two episodes of the series during its original Fox run.
1. Best Picture – “Argo”
2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”
3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”
4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”
5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”
6. Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.”
7. Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”
More Entertainment news – February 22, 2013
Will Ferrell will be honored by MTV at its 2013 movie awards show in April for his work in television and film comedy. The actor and comedian, who spent years on the TV show "Saturday Night Live" and appeared in the films "Anchorman" and "Elf," will receive MTV's first Comedic Genius Award.
Perez Hilton Announces He’s A Dad - "I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy - with lots of hair on his tiny head," Hilton, 34, wrote on his blog. "I am so humbled to welcome this little man into my life. And I am honored and ready for the challenge of guiding him through his."
Marc Anthony - the 44-year-old crooner went public with the new – and much younger – woman in his life, Chloe Green, who is 21, on Tuesday. And where did the new couple make their big debut? Disneyland!
U.S. singer Anastacia has been diagnosed with breast cancer having successfully battled the disease in 2003.
Passing – Western actor Dale Robertson (89)… Best known for his work in In television, starring in series such as "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957-62), "Iron Horse" (1966) and "Death Valley Days" (1968-70).
Kenny Cherry was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Kenny was one of the victims of the drive-by Las Vegas Strip shootings last week.
Aerosmith song-writing duo Steven Tyler and Joe Perry headline this year's class of inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other inductees include British songwriter Tony Hatch, British-American duo Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of rock group Foreigner, Tina Turner songwriter Holly Knight, and J.D. Souther, who helped write hits for 1970s rock group the Eagles. Aerosmith is inducted into the R&R Hall Of Fame in 2001.
Passing - Otis "Damon" Harris, a former member of The Temptations who sang on the group's 1972 hit "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," has died at the age 62.
Michael Jackson’s Brother Changes Name: Jermaine Jacksun. A Los Angeles judge approved the change to singer's name Friday.The 58-year-old, who shared lead singing duties with his younger brother Michael in the Jackson 5, did not appear in court.He sought the name change for "artistic reasons" and says it has nothing to do with a recent rift in his family over the care of Michael Jackson's children and family matriarch Katherine Jackson.
Passing - Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose first-place award at the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow made him an overnight sensation and propelled him to a phenomenally successful and lucrative career, though a short-lived one, died Wednesday morning in Fort Worth. He was 78…
The exhibit Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction will open at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland on Memorial Day weekend. Included is an extensive collection of Stones memorabilia garnered from every point of the band's half-century career. Officially opening on May 24th, the retrospective will chronicle theRolling Stones' rise from their 1960s origins up to the present day and will command two and a half floors of the museum. It will remain open until March 2014.
American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips is tied to the show again. The performer's song, "Gone, Gone, Gone," has been named the goodbye song for Season 12 of the FOX reality singing competition. The tune will play as the latest crop of contestants are eliminated each week on the show.
"Harlem Shake" is a song from electronic music artist Baauer that has inspired thousands upon thousands of people to produce 30-second music videos for it. Each begins with one person dancing alone (sometimes with a helmet or mask) in a crowd to the song for about 15 seconds. At that point, we see a cut and break in the music that kicks off a second segment with everyone gyrating around like mad. (See Video)...
Babel – Mumford & Sons
Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars
2013 Grammy Nominees
Red – Taylor Swift
All That Echoes – Josh Groban
Some Nights – fun.
Overexposed – Maroon 5
Passione – Andrea Bocelli
Temper Temper – Bullet For My Valentine
Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw
The Truth About Love – P!nk
Unapologetic – Rihanna
El Camino – Black Keys
Pitch Perfect – Soundtrack
Believe: Acoustin – Justin Bieber
21 - Adele
Snitch (1st week $13.1 million)
A Good Day To Die Hard
Dark Skies (1st week $8.2 million)
Silver Linings Playbook